Sunday, April 19, 2009
We’ve all probably seen it at one time or another. One-sided love. It can come in a variety of forms. A man may shower his wife with everything her heart desires - a nice home, her own car and leisure to attend classes. Yet she remains indifferent, accepting what is given her without a backward glance. Or one-sided love can be seen in a wife who lavishes time and attention on her husband and children only to be taken for granted, her gifts of love to them not even noticed as special gifts just for them. Or one-sided love can be seen in parents who love a child unconditionally. Yet that same child continues to live in total rebellion against their wishes and rules.
One-sided love hurts. It hurts the giver and hurts the receiver. In fact, in one-sided love a relationship doesn’t really exist - there is just a giver and a taker. Any relationship of friendship, comraderie or intimacy is non-existent.
Is our relationship with God one-sided - He gives and we take? Is there a relationship with Him who created us or do we take from Him, figuring it is our ‘due’ just because we exist.? Or do we take from Him, not even recognizing that He is giving something special just for us, His child? Or are we living a life of rebellion although He is continually pouring out His mercy and grace upon us?
May we re-evaluate our relationship with God. He longs for our love and our companionship. He does not want our relationship with Him to die a slow, steady death. He wants to give us Life.
God so loved the world that He gave . . . . John 3:16
Heavenly Father, I want to give to You. Please show me how. In Jesus' name. Amen.